FUTURE TEXTILES CONFERENCE 2023

Hosted online and in Bristol, UK, 
28 February – 2 March 2023

Future Clothing for the Next Generation


Textiles are so ubiquitous, yet their functions have not been changed much since the dawn of civilization. Additionally, textiles have received widespread attention as a versatile platform in recent years for future wearable electronics applications. However, they are still far from the requirements of modern-day electronics.

The global textile industry is also often cited as the second most polluting industry after oil, responsible for ~8-10% of global CO2 emission, ~20% water pollution and ~35% microplastic pollution.

Therefore, radically new approaches are needed at both materials and manufacturing level to transform textiles into highly innovative, sustainable, and intelligent clothing.

This conference will provide a forum for collaborative discussions to address such key challenges at both academic and industry level to develop future clothing for the next generation and facilitate the rapid transition of such textiles from lab to market.
We will be updating our conference speakers throughout the Winter, please see click on the buttons below to view our keynote and invited speakers' biographies.

Important Dates

Our Registration is open:

Early bird Academic rate: £210 until midnight GMT 20th December 2022
Standard Academic rate: £250 available from midnight GMT 20th December 2022 – midnight GMT 24th February 2023
UWE Alumni rate: £210 available until midnight GMT 24th February 2023
Early bird Industry rate: £400 until midnight GMT 20th December 2022
Standard Industry rate: £450 available from midnight GMT 20th December 2022 – midnight GMT 24th February 2023
Online Only rate: £95 until midnight GMT 2nd March 2023
Student rate: £150 until midnight GMT 24th February 2023
Discount for the first 20 female PhD students: £100

Our short CPD courses are now available to book:

Sustainable Textiles Course
Led by Dr. Shaila Afroj and Marzia Dulal
Date: 27th February 2023

Graphene-based Future Textiles Course
Led by Dr Nazmul Karim, Md Rashedul Islam and Iftikhar Ali
Date: 27th February 2023

Call for poster abstracts is open
Submission Deadline: January 30th, 2023, midnight, GMT
Please submit your poster here



Conference Programme


Day 1 - Tuesday 28th February 2023
09:00 - 09:15 Welcome from Chair Dr Nazmul Karim, Centre for Print Research, UWE Bristol
09:15 - 09:45 Inaugural Lecture: Prof Sir Kostya Novoselov, National University of Singapore - Materials for Futures
09:45 - 10:15 Keynote Lecture: Prof. Zijian Zheng, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Porous Conductive Textiles for Wearable Electronics
10:15 - 10:45 Keynote Lecture: Prof. Stephen Eichhorn, University of Bristol - Sustainable Cellulose Fibres for Textiles, Composites and Advanced Applications.
10:45 - 11:15 Break
11:15 - 12:30 Session 1: New Materials for Future Textiles
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Keynote Lecture: Prof. Steve Beeby, University of Southampton - Electronic Textile Technologies
14:00 - 14:30 Keynote Lecture: Dr Jun Chen, University of California, Los Angeles - Smart Textiles for Personalised Health Care
14:30 - 14:50 Break
14:50 - 16:30 Session 2: Smart Wearable Electronic Textiles (e-textiles)
16:30 - 18:00 Poster Session and Welcome Drinks

Day 2 - Wednesday 1st March 2023
09:00 - 09:30 Keynote Lecture: Prof. Stephen Russell, University of Leeds - Nonwovens Now and for the Future
09:30 - 10:00 Keynote Lecture: Prof. Chris Carr, University of Leeds - Technologies to Minimise the Environmental Impact of Textiles
10:00 - 10:30 Keynote Lecture: Prof. Parikshit Goswami, University of Huddersfield - Product Innovation with Textiles: The Fundamentals and the Scope
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 Session 3: Technical Textiles/Functional Fibres
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Keynote Lecture: Prof. James Baker, University of Manchester - Graphene and 2D Materials - The Route to Commercialisation and in Support of Sustainability
14:00 - 14:30 Keynote Lecture: Prof. Ara Munni Gulshun, H & M
14:30 - 14:50 Break
14:50 - 17:30 Session 4: Personal Protective Clothing
19:00 Conference dinner

Day 3 - Thursday 2nd March 2023
09:00 - 09:30 Keynote Lecture: Ms. Anne Marr, University of the Arts London - From Sustainable to Regenerative Textiles: Building Inclusive Communities and Creating Materials for Change
09:30 - 10:00 Keynote Lecture: Prof. Melik Demirel, Penn State University - Bio-enabled Textiles: Story of Squitex
10:00 - 10:30 Keynote Lecture: TBC
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 Session 5: Sustainable Textiles Manufacturing
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Keynote Lecture: TBC
14:00 - 14:30 Keynote Lecture: Jane Harris, Business of Fashion, Textiles & Technology (BFTT), London College of Fashion
14:30 - 14:50 Break
14:50 - 16:20 Session 6: Circular Economy
16:20 - 16:30 Announcement of the poster
16:30 Conference closing remarks

Venue

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University of the West of England,
Frenchay Campus,
Coldharbour Ln, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS16 1QY

Sponsors

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Conference Chair
Dr Nazmul Karim, UWE Bristol

Organising Committee
Dr Nazmul Karim, UWE Bristol
Dr Shaila Afroj, UWE Bristol
Karen Thompson, UWE Bristol
Andy Johnson, UWE Bristol
Amber Jarrett, UWE Bristol

Programme Committee
Dr Pammi Sinha, University of Leeds
Dr Kai Yang, University of Southampton 
Dr David Attwood, UWE Bristol
Dr Susanne Klein, UWE Bristol
Dr Amir Bolouri, UWE Bristol

Professor Aniko Vardari, UWE Bristol

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